Arrested Development: Season 4, Episode 1

Flight of the Phoenix (26 May 2013)

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Michael says goodbye to the family business and starts his own. The life of the family turns upside down when their mailman Pete dies.

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lindsay Bluth Fünke (credit only)
Tobias Fünke (credit only)
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Michael says goodbye to the family business and starts his own. The life of the family turns upside down when their mailman Pete dies.

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The upcoming fourth season of the show that will precede the film is to be distributed by Netflix, after a bidding war that included other companies such as Hulu. See more »


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Season 4 Review
17 June 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It was May. And the most outstanding TV comedy of all-time that was cancelled because it was too smart for most people that owned TVs had just been brought back on Netflix for a 15-episode season 4. So, how do we feel about the return of the most dysfunctional family ever? Well, everyone has their different opinions. Some people loved it. Some people hated it. Some people thought it was just as good as old AD. Some people were just confused for eight straight hours. So, how do I feel?


I just discovered Arrested Development on Netflix last summer. So no, I am not someone that has been following this show for ten years. But I still consider myself just as big of fan as those who have. And no, I didn't wait seven years for the return of the Bluths, I only waited about ten months. (Congrats to those who waited the whole 7 years. I don't how I would've lasted). I had high hopes for this season. I thought it would be just as good as before. Maybe my expectations were too high. Maybe I was watching at all too fast.

So, after watching all 15 episodes within the span of ten hours on May 26, I had time to think. And then I re-watched it. I spaced it out more. Gave it more time to sink in. Paid more attention. The more you think about it and the more you watch it, it gets a lot better. Because after the first viewing, you get it. Your heart is no longer beating at an unusually increased rate because you're so anxious to watch it. Is it better the second time around? Yes. But is it better than the first 3 seasons? No.

This season isn't as bad or good as you might have seen from people. It is no where near as good as before, but its still good television, better than most, if not all, of the comedies on TV now.

The thing is, this season is MUCH MUCH different. With all the family member split apart (almost literally when it comes to cast members), the writers and producers had to make the best of what they had. And they did. But no matter what it just wouldn't be as good. The different style of the show takes a while to get used to. But then when you go back, you see all of the hidden jokes, what couldn't be explained until later, and you piece together the story so the season can acts as whole.

The cast did the best of what they could when more than half of the time they weren't even working together. It was great to see all our favorite characters back as well the actors and actresses that play them flawlessly.

The story was different, but still great. This show has always had great writing, but this time its great in a less obvious way. Once you piece everything together, you realize just how great it is.

Although it won't seem like it at first, season 4 is hilarious. A lot of the on-going jokes brought back provided a lot of humor. And then of course the hidden jokes and the jokes that are not explained until later are much funnier the more you watch. Honestly, after watching season 4, the more I thought about it, the more I laughed. Yes, there are some awkward and unusual moments throughout. This season has a lot more dark humor than before, but is still good.

Yes, all of these things were good, but however all of these good things were flawed, which makes it fall short of the first three seasons.

So yes, I liked season four. However, it suffered from the fact that it was too different from the old show. You really need to watch it again and again, and I can't wait to go back for another re-watch.

This season can't be looked as each individual episode, but as a whole. Honestly, I think this season could have just been edited down into a movie with more seasons following it. These episodes were way too long and dragged out and didn't have enough comedy to make up for it. Hopefully we get (at least) one more season on Netflix in the next 2-3 years with the Bluths all back together. This show deserves much better than a movie as a finale. But no matter what we definitely need something more, as the end was good for a season finale, but could be the worst series finale the show could have. (Honestly the season 3 finale was an excellent series closer, but maybe in the future we will have something even better to finish AD).

Season four is great, but it leaves us wanting old Arrested Development, and a reunion of America's favorite family.


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